FAA releases updated security plan for Obama’s visit to Orlando
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has reported that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a new notice to airmen (NOTAM) with an updated Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR), gateway airports and other changes for managing air traffic in the Orlando area around President Obama’s upcoming visit.
The Association says it is imperative that anyone planning to fly into Orlando via general aviation between 6:30 PM ET October 28 and 2:45 PM ET October 29 thoroughly review the current NOTAM available on the Association’s web site to obtain the latest information regarding air traffic in the area.
President Obama is currently scheduled to arrive in Orlando Sunday evening in order to be in place for a Monday campaign event; his travel plans recently changed as a result of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.
As a result of the changes, the TFR in place significantly impacts business aviation operations at both Orlando Executive (ORL) and Orlando International (MCO) airports. In addition to changing the effective time window for the TFR at both airports, gateway airport procedures have been put in place for arrivals at certain times.
Additionally, Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) will have Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening in place for departures at certain times. There will be no TSA screening available at Orlando International Airport (MCO) during the TFR.
Both Kissimmee (ISM) and Sanford (SFB) airports are expected to remain fully operational during the TFR.
“The timing of the president’s trip is very unfortunate, but the reality is, he’s coming to Orlando because it’s the swing area of a critical swing state,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Bolen continued “We faced a similar situation during our Convention in Las Vegas in 2004, when both Senator Kerry and President Bush were campaigning there. As we did then, we will stay in constant communication with government agencies to ensure that the industry has up-to-the-minute information.”